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Exotic Resort Zoo

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235 Zoo Trl, Johnson City, TX 78636-4465
+1 830-868-4357
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Discovered a lovely getaway close to home

My husband and our 3 boys spent two nights in cabin #3. We absolutely loved it. The cabin was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Josie E
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Awesome experience

We had 4 young kids and we bought 2 buckets to feed all the animals. Everyone had a great time. All... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Enter710
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An independently-owned and operated drive-thru safari zoo and nature preserve. If you are coming through on a daytrip, you can enjoy a guided tour and have personal encounters with several endangered and protected species of animals from Africa, Asia and even Australia. If you want to enjoy an extended outing with family and friends, there are also (5) onsite Safari Cabins located in a private area on the resort that you can rent out (and get a free tour included for paid cabin guests!). When you book your stay, you will also have access to several recreational areas, such as several small pools (one 12" wading pool for kids and another larger 4" deep pool with a waterfall), an outdoor kitchen with multiple wood-fired or gas grills, and pool table in the outdoor pavilion. There is also a hot tub for ages 16 & up. There is also private access to several bonus petting zoos for closer interaction, a stocked catch-and-release watering pond, and an outdoor playscape for the kids...right next to a firepit where you can cook up some hotdogs or make some 'smores! Overall, our commitment at the Exotic Resort Zoo is to maintain a healthy and nurturing environment to help our animals enjoy their lives, as they grow their herds. They enjoy being hand fed by all of you on daily guided tours and we hope you will enjoy their company as well. You are absolutely guaranteed to have a unique and personal hands-on experience when you visit us with all your family and friends!
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“all ages” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
235 Zoo Trl, Johnson City, TX 78636-4465
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+1 830-868-4357
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"feed the animals"
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"bison"
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"all ages"
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"tongue"
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"great for kids"
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"love animals"
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"animal lovers"
in 4 reviews
"feed bucket"
in 4 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 5 reviews
"fun afternoon"
in 3 reviews
"petting area"
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"friendly animals"
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"tram ride"
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"baby goats"
in 5 reviews
"tractor trailer"
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"animal food"
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"an amazing experience"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and our 3 boys spent two nights in cabin #3. We absolutely loved it. The cabin was perfect with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms and fully equipped. It was our first time there and we fell in love with the animals. We loved...More

Thank Josie E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had 4 young kids and we bought 2 buckets to feed all the animals. Everyone had a great time. All the animals roaming around happy and free! Highly recommended!

Thank Enter710
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please try it is very enjoyable. Very up close and enjoyable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Must buy the animal food because the animals will definitely come up and you feed them Love it.

1  Thank wittlu
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

This was great. You ride in a trailer out to the animals and buy good size buckets of food to either hand feed or toss on the ground food to all kinds of animals. We had a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed...More

Thank Vicki D
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

I absolutely loved this place! A Hill country must try! This place was beautiful peaceful and so much fun!!! The staff was friendly and educational! The cabins were cozy and clean. The tour was phenomenal and all of the animals were heathy and friendly as...More

1  Thank Faith S
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Visiting the Exotic Resort Zoo was the highlight of our hill country vacation. The staff was friendly, it wasn't too crowded (went on a weekday), the animals seemed healthy and the best part is we got to bring our dog! She checked out goats and...More

2  Thank elephantastic7
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Well run with nice folks. Great for kids and adults. Camels and Bisons were the best. Military and senior discounts. Knowledgeable guides. Definitely buy a bucket or two of feed.

Thank Jon H
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

They have a simple and as safe as you can be with animals area to feed goats and a few other animals at your own pace. Then they have the trailers for about 15 to ride on and feed animals in pastures. You must of...More

Thank Kenneth T
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This zoo is a hidden gem and I strongly suggest you make this a part of your vacation when in Johnson City, TX. You will not be disappointed.

Thank johnluriejr
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This zoo is wonderful. Driven on a large cart with food to feed the animals. Wonderful guide to tell of the Resort and the animals they keep. Had a great time and the grounds are wonderful. Want to stay in one of their cabins next...More

1  Thank CAHI57
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Stephen D
26 April 2017|
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Response from ghallett | Property representative |
There's no time like the present! The weather has actually been really awesome and not too hot at all. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, I'd try to get on a tour around 10am, since it's early and normally has... More
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cassieking85
3 February 2017|
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Response from ghallett | Property representative |
Hi there - weather-wise, it's actually been great to visit pretty much all winter since the weather has been pretty mild overall. It is a covered open-air tram, so 60-80 degree days are pretty enjoyable...we've seen some... More
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califfroggy
28 January 2017|
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Response from fabler241527 |
Hi there - the rates typically range between $130-200/night, which includes a free guided tour for paid cabin guests. I can't include the link in comments unfortunately (won't let me), but you can access this link from our... More
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